GAMEDAY REPORT: CLIPPERS VS. KNICKS - 1/17/14
Game #41 | January 17, 2014
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
NEW YORK – The Grammy road trip started a little slower than the Clippers may have hoped. But they overcame what started as one of their poorer shooting nights from the perimeter to pull away from the New York Knicks at the newly remodeled Madison Square Garden.
After a first half where nearly everything they shot from the field drew iron, the Clippers buried the Knicks in the final 14 minutes of the game Friday night, winning, 109-95 and sweeping the season series with New York.
It was the fifth win in a row for the Clippers (28-13), matching their longest streak of the season and marking the second best start after 41 games in team history.
“We got stops in the second half,” Blake Griffin said. “We did a poor job, I did a poor job, of protecting the ball in the first half. We had too many turnovers. But we took care of the ball and got stops in the second half.”
Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford carried the day. It was Griffin, who kept the Clippers afloat when they were struggling to score and he ruined the Knicks’ opening game of an eight-game home stand with a dynamic final period. Griffin scored nine of his game-high 32 points in the fourth, knocking down a 3-pointer, fouling out Tyson Chandler, guarding Carmelo Anthony, and effectively running everything through him.
“He’s been great,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin. “He really has. It’s been all year. He’s doing everything. He’s rebounding. We put him on Carmelo down the stretch> he’s doing everything a coach could ask him to do and he’s leading as well.”
Crawford was equally important as the Clippers put together a 35-10 second-half surge. He had 14 fourth-quarter points, including a 3-pointer for posterity in the final seconds, turning in one of his best performances of the season in front of the crowd that once cheered him.
“It’s always good to come back,” said Crawford, who spent four and a half seasons with the Knicks. “It’s like playing on a stage. It’s always a fun atmosphere.”
DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 16 rebounds, Darren Collison had 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 12 points as well.
“We have weapons and we have good plays,” Redick said. “Doc preaches execution and when we execute, generally speaking, we’re pretty good offensively.”
Anthony had 26 points and 20 rebounds for New York. It was his first 20-20 game with the Knicks and second of his career. But Anthony’s individual numbers came in bulk. He was 4-for-23 from the field and committed four of the Knicks’ 20 turnovers.
“Once they started executing their stuff, making shots and went on a little run, it was hard for us to bounce back,” said Anthony, whose Knicks were playing their fourth game in five nights. “We could never turn the corner all night.”
Still, it was something of a sleepy first half in the city that never sleeps. The teams combined to go 32-of-37 from the foul line, which disrupted any offensive flow, and New York’s 40 percent shooting from the field was nearly eight percent better than the Clippers. And the Knicks had several opportunities to extend an early lead, but a turnover or untimely foul curtailed any runs they may have had in them.
The Clippers, two nights after coming one 3-pointer short of a franchise record, made just three of their first 20 shots from distance. They survived, however, by outscoring the Knicks, 23-4, in transition, including a beautifully executed 3-on-1 break where Redick swung the ball to Crawford on one wing before Crawford scooped up a lob to Griffin on the opposite side of the rim.
Once the Clippers got going, and picked up their defense, they ran away and a 65-62 Knicks lead in the third quarter turned into a 14-point win the other way.
“Something [Chris Paul] always says when we are on a road trip, ‘To win them all, you’ve got to get the first one,’” Griffin said. “To get the first one it’s obviously great to get a win.”
The Clippers are 6-1 this season without Chris Paul in the lineup… Hedo Turkoglu scored two points in 6:43 in his Clippers debut… The Clippers’ five-game winning streak matches their longest of the season… They are 10-10 on the road… Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle) did not play for New York… The Clippers have won four in a row against the Knicks… Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounds, had his 18th double-double, six more than his previous career high… Griffin has scored 30 points seven times this season and has exceeded 25 points nine times since Dec. 14…
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on his overall impressions of the game:
“First quarter we were still in the last game (against Dallas) and then after that we played great [defense]. We put them on the foul line a lot. I think we gave them two 3-pointers with 0.5 seconds in the end of a quarter, but other than that I thought our defense was terrific.”
Clippers forward Blake Griffin on the way team is playing right now:
“The way we are playing offensively and defensively everybody’s just trusting each other and really buying in. Hopefully that makes us an even better team when we get [Chris Paul] back because we can kind of lean back on our system.”
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson on what went wrong for his team:
“It is four [games] in five nights. We can’t use that as an excuse. Other teams go through that as well. We didn’t fare well especially last night and coming back here tonight. I thought we were fatigued. In the third quarter we were dragging.”
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on his offense of late:
“We’ve been getting good shots and that’s the thing. Shooters and scorers, you always have to rely on that. They’re good shots, your teammates respect you, coaches respect you so you have to keep taking them.”
Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu on making his first basket with his new team:
“It was great. They asked me before why I didn’t take it in the first half.”
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By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten
The Clippers’ seven-game Grammy road trip begins Friday night against the New York Knicks. It’s the midway point in the season for the Clippers (27-13), who are off to the second best start in franchise history, are 5-1 without superstar Chris Paul and enter on the heels of four straight wins, including a comeback victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday. Friday is their second and final game against the Knicks (15-24). New York has won six of its last 10 games, but lost both of their games on a two-game road trip that ended in Thursday’s blowout loss to the Pacers.
Jamal Crawford vs. J.R. Smith
- The Clippers have scored 123 points or more in back-to-back games for the first time since 1992. They have not topped 123 points in three straight games since 1981 when they were located in San Diego.
- Blake Griffin has averaged 23 points in six career games against the Knicks, the fourth most against any opponent. However, oddly, his two highest scoring games against New York came in losses.
- J.J. Redick’s career-high 33 points against Dallas, included 11 in the first quarter. He is fifth in NBA, scoring 7.2 per game in the opening frame. Anthony is one of four players ahead of him. He scores 7.5 points in the first and had 18 on Thursday in Indiana.
- New York has lost 11 games by double digits this season, including their 93-80 loss to the Clippers on Nov. 27. Five of those losses came at Madison Square Garden and while the other six were road losses, they lost by 10 to the Bobcats on Tuesday and 28 to the Pacers two nights later.
- Carmelo Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring at 26.0 points per game. Anthony is one of only four players (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant) to average at least 25 points in the past three seasons combined. He’s also scored 40 points or more 11 times in that span, including once against the Clippers (42 last season at Madison Square Garden).
- The Knicks are 3-4 in the second night of a back-to-back this season (2-1 at home). Friday will also cap off the second stretch of four games in five nights this season. They were 2-2 in the other set of four in five and are 2-1 so far this time around.
The Clippers are just 9-10 on the road, including 3-5 against the Eastern Conference… They have won three in a row against the Knicks… The Clippers are fifth in offensive efficiency (107.1) and seventh in defensive efficiency (100.9). They’re one of only three teams (Miami and San Antonio) ranked in the top 10 of both categories… New York is 0-9 at home when trailing entering the fourth quarter… New comer Hedo Turkoglu will wear jersey No. 8. He is expected to make his Clippers debut against the Knicks…
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Doc Rivers: “Every win without Chris [Paul] does something to you and it makes you a better team.”
Hedo Turkoglu: “I’m excited to be here. It’s a great fit for me, I think. I’ve played with some of these guys before and some of the coaches, too. It’s a really great feeling for me to come to this young energetic team.”
LAC: Chris Paul (shoulder) remains out.
NYK: Kenyon Martin (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Clippers after leaving the game against the Pacers. Metta World Peace (knee) has played just five minutes in the last 13 games. He is listed as out. Pablo Prigioni (toe) is questionable.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY
All-Time: 50-69 (Home: 30-27, Road: 20-42)
Road Streak: Won 1
Largest Margin of Victory:
Nov. 27, 2013 at Staples Center: Clippers 93, Knicks 80
LAST TIME OUT